Anger over closure of splash play area in Newport's Tredegar Park

SHOT DOWN: The water play feature in Newport’s Tredegar Park has been closed for good

SHOT DOWN: The water play feature in Newport’s Tredegar Park has been closed for good

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THE decision to permanently close a water play feature in Newport’s Tredegar Park has provoked sadness and anger from Argus readers.

Many parents said they had hoped to take their children to the pirate-themed facility this summer and that children had less to do in Newport than other towns and cities in South Wales.

On Monday, we reported that Newport council made the decision to close the facility for good as it costs too much to maintain.

The feature was opened in 2007 at a cost of £120,000 but the authority said it would cost £200,000 to repair or replace.

Earlier this week, a spokeswoman for Newport council said the water play feature “is currently closed and will soon be removed.”

“During the winter a series of structural and mechanical inspections were undertaken and the results concluded that the water play feature requires significant capital investment to enable it to reopen.

“The council is extremely disappointed that it has to take this action but with a reduced budget and further savings to be found it is left with no other option.”

Some Argus readers reacted angrily to the news on Facebook and our website.

Clare R Webb said: “It wouldn’t hurt to charge a few pounds for people to use it, surely that’d cover the upkeep? Yet again NCC chooses the easy option and just shuts it.”

Megan Cotterill said: “I think this is ridiculous, there are not many places to take children anymore for outdoor fun. The council need to up their game. Cardiff and Cwmbran have better things for children to do now, Newport is being left behind.”

Leanne Meek said: “Such a shame, my son and nieces and nephews had many happy days playing here what a waste.”

On our website, Portman said: “Shame on you council, you have just given the green light for hundreds of bored kids to roam the town. When you build something decent you have to maintain it.”

Maggiesian said: “ At least two businesses did very good trade on the two days we were there. Oddly enough it was the brainchild of a man brought up in Risca. Perhaps he should come out of retirement and start advising Newport City council.”

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1:44pm Wed 2 Jul 14

slice_of_life says...

FYI - The quote from Maggiesian was in relation to trip to Swansea. The full quote makes more sense and changes the context quite a bit.

"Just spent a few days in Swansea with my daughter and grandson. His favourite place was the Clyne Lido, which is a large paddling area alongside a children's playground. It was fantastic. At least two businesses did very good trade on the two days we were there. Oddly enough it was the brainchild of a man brought up in Risca. Perhaps he should come out of retirement and start advising Newport City council."
FYI - The quote from Maggiesian was in relation to trip to Swansea. The full quote makes more sense and changes the context quite a bit. "Just spent a few days in Swansea with my daughter and grandson. His favourite place was the Clyne Lido, which is a large paddling area alongside a children's playground. It was fantastic. At least two businesses did very good trade on the two days we were there. Oddly enough it was the brainchild of a man brought up in Risca. Perhaps he should come out of retirement and start advising Newport City council." slice_of_life
  • Score: 10

4:33pm Wed 2 Jul 14

rogiemassive says...

As this ark is used by people and children from all wards in Newport then should this not have gone to a councillors meeting prior to any decisions on closure being made. Tredegar park has been enjoyed by generations of children and a water feature has added to the attraction of the play facility. Newport City Council need to bring this water feature back and should not have let it fall into disrepair like the many boarded up shops that are in and around Newport. Do Newport City Council not realise that they have to encourage people to stay and use Newports facilities not drive them away from the City.
As this ark is used by people and children from all wards in Newport then should this not have gone to a councillors meeting prior to any decisions on closure being made. Tredegar park has been enjoyed by generations of children and a water feature has added to the attraction of the play facility. Newport City Council need to bring this water feature back and should not have let it fall into disrepair like the many boarded up shops that are in and around Newport. Do Newport City Council not realise that they have to encourage people to stay and use Newports facilities not drive them away from the City. rogiemassive
  • Score: 10

12:15am Thu 3 Jul 14

pronewport says...

How is it costing £200,000? Went in in 2007 did the council not consider maintenance costs? 50p a child would help but still make it accessible for all. Come on it is a great facility please spend money look after skate park and other investments in leisure for children and adults.
How is it costing £200,000? Went in in 2007 did the council not consider maintenance costs? 50p a child would help but still make it accessible for all. Come on it is a great facility please spend money look after skate park and other investments in leisure for children and adults. pronewport
  • Score: 3

7:58pm Thu 3 Jul 14

scraptheWAG says...

pronewport wrote:
How is it costing £200,000? Went in in 2007 did the council not consider maintenance costs? 50p a child would help but still make it accessible for all. Come on it is a great facility please spend money look after skate park and other investments in leisure for children and adults.
10k for the repairs and 190k for layers of management reports
[quote][p][bold]pronewport[/bold] wrote: How is it costing £200,000? Went in in 2007 did the council not consider maintenance costs? 50p a child would help but still make it accessible for all. Come on it is a great facility please spend money look after skate park and other investments in leisure for children and adults.[/p][/quote]10k for the repairs and 190k for layers of management reports scraptheWAG
  • Score: 0

11:48am Tue 8 Jul 14

racber33 says...

This is such a shame for a large number of families in Newport. It is the one place where you can take children of all ages and it costs nothing. The people that make the decisions should take the time to view the number of families that have endless fun in the park and the enjoyment on the kids faces when the water feature is in use.
The decision makers are also the same people who moan about anti social behaviour, dysfunctional youths etc and focus on dispersal orders and clearing hot spots in the town centre. STOP taking away the things in Newport that bring people together, are regularly used and provide a diversionary facility that can be accessed by everyone. I have started to travel to Cardiff to use Victoria Park because the pool is available and free to use. There are more and more people from Newport also accessing the facility in Cardiff, why do some people miss such simple things.
This is such a shame for a large number of families in Newport. It is the one place where you can take children of all ages and it costs nothing. The people that make the decisions should take the time to view the number of families that have endless fun in the park and the enjoyment on the kids faces when the water feature is in use. The decision makers are also the same people who moan about anti social behaviour, dysfunctional youths etc and focus on dispersal orders and clearing hot spots in the town centre. STOP taking away the things in Newport that bring people together, are regularly used and provide a diversionary facility that can be accessed by everyone. I have started to travel to Cardiff to use Victoria Park because the pool is available and free to use. There are more and more people from Newport also accessing the facility in Cardiff, why do some people miss such simple things. racber33
  • Score: 0

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